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It’s a Mad, Mad, Bad, Bad World

Every year has its share of war and bloodshed, chaos and tumult. But few in recent memory rival 2016. Sure, there were modest victories, brief moments of triumph (Standing Rock). But most us will remember this year for its outbursts of violence, its paroxysms of terror—and, of course, the shock of watching the old order crumble.

It wasn’t just Brexit, Trump, fake news and police shootings. It was the persistence of ISIS, and the way our nightclubs were turned into crime scenes. On our social media feeds, we watched migrants drown, the residents of Aleppo starve and a diplomat bleed out on the ~ oor of an art gallery in Turkey. And Prince is dead. Welcome to 2017.

HOPE FLOATS Porto de Galinhas, Brazil—The Zika virus swept the Americas in 2016, causing a serious birth defect called microcephaly. Here, a mother plays with her 5-month-old daughter, who was born with the defect.
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